The Exhilaration of Studying Abroad in London for the First Time

Sep 8, 2023 10:10:52 AM / by Veronica Gawin

When it comes to large cities, it can be overwhelming to navigate and try to experience the landmarks you've always dreamed of. Luckily, I recently had the chance to participate in some activities to get acquainted with my beautiful study abroad city of London, England

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Posted in: London, England

Silencing Dissent

Aug 31, 2023 2:00:00 PM / by Dr. Michael Woolf

"Thoughts on Education Abroad" is a monthly column written by CEA CAPA Education Abroad's Deputy President for Strategic Engagement Dr. Michael Woolf. This month, Dr. Woolf talks about how disagreement and debate are at the heart of learning processes. He highlights the importance of being open to diversity of thought and how education abroad facilitates that.

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Posted in: London, England, Dublin, Ireland, International Education, Sydney, Australia, Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain

Touring the Tuscan Coast During My Summer Abroad in Florence

Aug 28, 2023 9:30:00 AM / by Lucey Savino

After immersing myself in all things Florence for the past couple of weeks, I decided it was time to venture outside the city. The temperature has only been rising and a day at the beach sounded refreshing! I found a quiet beach town called Vada, which is located on Tuscany’s coastline just a little over two hours by train from Florence. 

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Posted in: Florence, Italy

Getting Ready for a Summer Internship Abroad in Barcelona

Aug 8, 2023 1:00:00 PM / by Abby Spangenberg

CEA CAPA student Abby S. talks about arriving in Barcelona and how she got acclimated to the city before starting her global internship for the summer.

I would be lying if I said that I was not full of nerves before leaving the country for the very first time to embark on my 8-week global internship program in Barcelona, interning 30 hours a week.

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Posted in: Internships Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

How to Talk, Live, and Eat like a Local While Studying Abroad in Barcelona

Aug 4, 2023 2:04:09 PM / by Grace Pyron

This popular city is a worthwhile destination to learn new things about culture, cuisine, language, and a way of living. Let Grace give you an introduction to Barcelona with tips and tricks along the way! From knowing what to expect from "Spanish timing" to using common phrases, this post will enlighten you about local life and how to fit right in.

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Posted in: Language, Barcelona, Spain

10 Interesting Facts About Dublin

Aug 4, 2023 2:04:08 PM / by Irene Kanthan

Before you travel to the largest city and capital of Ireland, we're here to inform you of a few interesting facts about one of our great global cities—Dublin!


1. Landmarks

Dublin's beauty is undeniable. Whether it's natural or manmade, the structures in this global city are breathtaking and dates back to several hundred years ago. One of the most popular Dublin landmarks is the Dublin Castle. As the oldest castle in Dublin, it has served as a site for various government purposes. Opened in 1204, Dublin Castle has stood the test of time and several rounds of restoration.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Top 10

Music Culture in Dublin

Aug 4, 2023 2:04:08 PM / by Julie Ritz

Madeline Messina was an official CEA CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on our blog An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she studied abroad in Dublin. 

In this week's post, Madeline discusses the deep-rooted history of music in Irish culture, and how it has changed throughout the years.


Music has a close relationship with Dublin. It’s difficult to walk down a busy street in the city without hearing music. Whether it’s the buskers on Mary or Grafton street during the day or Irish trad pouring out of the pubs at night, the pulse of the music mirrors Dublin’s heartbeat.  It’s easy to see that Dubliners are very passionate about music. Plenty of the troubadours sat in the streets don’t have cups out to accept money, they do it for the love of it. Traditional musicians in pubs sit in booths playing their instruments over the tables while the sound reverberates through the crowd; they are on the same level as everyone else. It is very symbolic, in a way, because musicians aren’t idolized here, music is free to be enjoyed by the every-man.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Art Abroad, Music

10 English Colloquial Phrases or Words to Learn Before You Travel to Sydney

Aug 4, 2023 2:04:07 PM / by Julie Ritz

Every country has their own idioms that mean something totally different than what they first appear to. You might say to your friend, “Wow! That cost an arm and a leg.” If someone from another country heard you- well, let’s just hope they don’t take it literally or they may get worried! If you think about it, you can probably come up with quite a few other unique phrases you use in daily life.

This is a common phenomenon that you'll encounter no matter where you go. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 important English colloquial phrases to know in Sydney that will help you speak like the locals!


1. Ace! = awesome, excellent

This is a phrase you'll probably hear every day. It can be used in any context to describe something that you find cool or amazing.

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Language

5 CEA CAPA Students Share How They Live in London on a Budget

Aug 4, 2023 2:04:06 PM / by Makenna Sturgeon

Budgeting can be difficult, especially when you are in a new city that’s full of exciting restaurants, cafes, and markets you’ve never been to. Check out the different methods five CEA CAPA London students use to manage their finances to make the most of their time abroad.

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Posted in: London, England, Scholarships & Financing

16 Tips for Speaking like an Australian

Aug 4, 2023 2:04:05 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Sydney_Tag_Team.jpgIn this week's post, our official CEA CAPA blogger Brandon and official CEA CAPA vlogger Thomas - both in Sydney - decided to team up to talk about accents in Australia. 

Brandon Gustafson, a finance major at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, is an official CEA CAPA Sydney blogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly blog posts. Thomas Galarce-Garcia, liberal arts major at the State University of New York at Purchase, is an official CEA CAPA Sydney vlogger for Fall 2015, sharing his story in weekly videos.

Words below by Brandon; video by Thomas!

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In your best American accent, I want you to say these three words: good eye might. Now say them a little faster. And faster. Blend them together. Faster again! Faster and forget about annunciation! Andddddd…. I believe you just said G’day mate. Right? See, you’re well on your way to sounding just like an Aussie!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Language

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